Northern Ireland vs Austria Prediction & Match Preview

Northern Ireland vs Austria
UEFA Nations League
Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Kick-Off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Windsor Park (Belfast).

Northern Ireland will be hoping to bag their first points in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday evening when they play host to Austria in the very last round of the campaign. The Green and White Army by no means disappointed in terms of their performances on court so far in the competition.

They dominated the pitch against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the opening fixture (1-2 loss), conceded a late goal in a narrow defeat to Austria in the second round (1-0) and went on to hit the woodwork on three separate occasions in the reverse fixture with the Bosnians in Sarajevo).

Michael O’Neill’s men demolished Israel 3-0 in a friendly in the meantime. The host will surely be a tough nut to crack for the Austrian team here regardless of the fact they won zero points from three games so far in the campaign.

Northern Ireland vs Austria: Head-to-head

Northern Ireland have always been a tricky opposition for the Austrians.

Green and White Army actually have a positive record with 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats in 10 games against Das Team so far.

Austria are, however, unbeaten in last three encounters with Northern Ireland.

Das Team struggled badly whenever they visited the Irish soil as they lost three and drew one of four H2H games with Northern Ireland away from home.

Northern Ireland vs Austria: Prediction

Das Team, much like their counterparts, play very tight under Franco Foda. None of last five matches they played actually saw goals scored at both ends. Given they are to play a defensive-minded opposition on Sunday, we have to go for the Under 2.5 goals FT pick as the main betting option here.

As for the outcome, the value is with the hosts who have never lost a home match against Austria. You can thus back either the home win or draw double chance or draw at the half time as genuine alternative options here.

Northern Ireland vs Austria: Bet Tips

  • Under 2.5 goals FT @ 5/8 (1.62)
  • Draw at the half time 11/10 (2.10).